NZ greenhouse gas levels ease but remain well above 2020 target levels

16 April 2015

New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions have eased but remain well above the target set for 2020.

Despite the gap, Minister Responsible for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser - who jetted off to Washington DC on Wednesday night for a meeting on climate change - is confident New Zealand can reach its commitments.

To get there though, it is expected to have to delve into international markets for carbon offsets.

New Zealand's commitment, reiterated by Groser in the past few days, is to get emission levels of greenhouse gases down to 5 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

New figures from the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) put the emission of carbon dioxide equivalents at 81 million tonnes in 2013, 21.3 per cent above the 1990 level of 66.7 million tonnes.

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